|La ragazza di Bube|
|Directed by||Luigi Comencini|
|Produced by||Franco Cristaldi|
|Screenplay by||Luigi Comencini|
|Based on||La ragazza di Bube|
by Carlo Cassola
|Starring||Claudia Cardinale, George Chakiris|
|Music by||Carlo Rustichelli|
|Cinematography||Gianni Di Venanzo|
|Edited by||Nino Baragli|
|Distributed by||Continental Motion Pictures Corporation|
In terms of plot the film is a relatively faithful adaptation of Carlo Cassola’s 1960 novel La ragazza di Bube; but its atmosphere is distinctly different, as the protagonists Mara and Bube, adolescents in the book, are interpreted here as young adults.
The film was nominated for a Golden Bear Award at the 14th Berlin International Film Festival and won best production at the David di Donatello Awards. Claudia Cardinale was awarded the Nastro d'Argento for Best Actress (Migliore Attrice Protagonista) by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists for her performance in the role of as Mara.
The film was released in the United States in 1964 with the title Bebo's Girl.
- Claudia Cardinale as Mara
- George Chakiris as Bube
- Marc Michel as Stefano
- Dany París as Liliana
- Monique Vita as Ines
- Carla Calò as Mara's Mother
- Emilio Esposito as Mara's Father
- Pierluigi Catocci as Priest
- Ugo Chiti as Arnaldo
- Dario Dolci
- Anna Maria Festa
- Gabriella Giorgelli
- Mario Lupi as Lidori
- Luciano Maringola
- Bruno Scipioni as Mauro
In a contemporary review, Hawk. of Variety gave the film a positive review, praising Cardinale specifically in the role, declaring "it should win her solid recognition everywhere." The review also praised Gianni di Venanzo's photography noting that his "chiaroscuro work on settings, as well as his fine closeups of Miss Cardinale especially, are of the highest standard."